Candy Cane Lane neighbours drop off food donations

Rutland's famous "Candy Cane Lane" not only warms the hearts of those who check out the Christmas light display every year, but also warms the bellies of those in need by providing meals.  

This week, Damjan Madjar, Candy Cane Lane organizer and the President of Drink E-Z Products, arrived at Freedom's Door with a truck load of donated food. 

Freedom's Door is an addiction recovery home for men which has operated in Kelowna for 16 years. 

Director Tom Smithwick says "We want to express our great appreciation to this Rutland neighborhood for their enormous generosity to all of Kelowna and to Freedom's Door in particular. The donation of food is greatly appreciated as we rely so heavily on charitable donations in order to ensure that our recovery services are available in Kelowna for those who suffer from addiction issues."

Damjan says they're "pleased to be a part of the good work of healing that is carried on through the addiction recovery and life skills training that is provided at Freedom's Door. I believe that we all have a responsibility to assist the marginalized people in our community, so we are pleased to do our part."

The food that was provided will be enjoyed by the 58 men who live in the homes of Freedom's Door. 

The kitchen at Freedom's Door prepares over 55,000 meals each year.